Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blame It On Yves


I know for sure that my renewed interest in sewing is entirely due to seeing 5 Avenue Marceau 75116 Paris, the documentary about Yves Saint Laurent’s atelier as he prepares his final haute couture collection before his retirement in 2002. I will do a review of the movie in my next post but I wanted to share my summer sewing project—a simple A-line skirt made out of black eyelet that I found at Mood Fabrics, in the Garment District of NYC. I stopped sewing for a long time because I found it frustrating, have had no space to permanently set up my sewing machine since moving to New York in 1996, and couldn’t get a hold of good, inspiring fabrics back when I was sewing. But after watching Yves and his seamstresses at work—all the draping, all the thread tracing, all the basting while they fit and refit a dress on a model, made me want to have another crack at it.


Mood Fabrics was a treat—three floors of fabric, some designed by Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, and Carolina Herrera. They have a fabulous helpful staff, and customers ranging from the design kids attending Fashion Institute of Technology, to sewers at all skill levels, to rich ladies like the one who had her Chanel bag, small child, and dressmaker in tow (I’m not kidding), pulling out fabrics and asking the dressmaker, “What would you make with this?” My mother had a theory that the lady has her clothes made by her private seamstress and sinks the money she saves into designer bags. Sounds good to me.


I’ve been thinking about eyelet skirts for over a year—I tried one on last summer at J. Crew but their skirts are too short for me. I found they were featuring eyelet skirts again this year in their catalog and this one is my inspiration.



I loved this black eyelet, so unusual and so very me. I’m not lining the skirt, I’ll wear it with a nude-colored half-slip underneath.

Anyone else sewing this summer?

14 comments:

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

First off, I hope your day is going better and that smiles abound! I wish I had listened to my mother and learned to sew...it is just too late now...but because of Project Runway, I feel so close to MOOD!! I think the eyelet skirt is a great idea! Perfect for summer...hope all goes well!

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

I love the idea of not lining it and just wearing a nude slip undeneath. If I could sew, I'd actually sew lots of beautiful slips, because they are so handy and they're so ugly these days!

Terri said...

Good luck with the sewing project. It has been so long since I've had my machine out that it undoubtedly needs a lube job. I love the fabric you've selected...was it expensive?

kavery said...

Hi Jill, thanks so much for stopping by. Yes, I did as you suggested and submitted that post to IFB and it got picked! Too often I write a post and then forget about it when the IFB deadline rolls around. Here's to more 'meetings' in the blogosphere and Twitterverse.
P.S-I would love to sew but after a failed skirt project last year I've stayed away. Your eyelet fabric will make a fab skirt.

Veshoevius said...

I was an avid seamstress when younger and would dearly love to take it up again - sigh! No time! Love the eyelet you've picked and the nude slip idea.

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, what do you mean it's too late to learn how to sew? I disagree! Do you feel this way because of an eyesight problem? I think it will be slightly tricky to get back into it for me because of this. Time to get my eyes checked. One of the Mood staffers mentioned they get a lot of people just coming to the store because of Project Runway.

jill815 said...

Hi Vahni, I haven't shopped for a slip in a long time. They've gotten ugly? That's no good, maybe some enterprising young designer will turn her or his eye towards making nice ones again.

jill815 said...

Hi Terri, yeah, for my budget, the fabric was kind of expensive, $25 a yard. I only bought one yard. They had some eyelet at lower price points but I really liked this particular design so I decided to step up in price. I can't imagine I'm going to be sewing a lot, which, for me, is just as well. I'll probably get more enjoyment out of it if I sew only a few things, really take my time with each one, and learn as much as I can.

jill815 said...

Hi Kavery, congratulations on your selection to the IFB Links a la Mode for this week. I knew your post would get selected--good topic (commenting on blogs), thoughtfully written. Well done!

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius, if you get back to sewing some day I would love to see what you make. In the meantime, let's see the contents of your Marc Jacobs bag!

JTWisdom said...

I am starting back to sewing more. Lace is so on trend right now. I recently saw an Isaac Mzrahi eyelet lace skirt and it was so cute. I have fabric that was sent to me from a friend who lives in India so I am planning to make a skirt.

Please share when your finished with your creation.

jill815 said...

Hi JTWisdom, I'm so glad you are going back to sewing too! I have not gotten very far on my project, yet, but am hoping to cut the fabric in the next day or so and I will definitely post pictures when I finish this skirt.

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Mohammad Salauddin said...

I also loved this black eyelet. it is stunning.